Thursday, July 18, 2013

Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

Cover art from indiebound.org
Summary: Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

My Review: "They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod 'the Death Shop.' A million ways to die out there. Aria never thought she'd get so close."

 Aria is nice and safe inside the Pod, a place completely separate from the outside world meant to keep out disease and germs. Inside the Pod... a place where life is carefully regulated so people can live hundreds of years. Inside the Pod... where all living is digital to maximize enjoyment while minimizing risk. Inside the Pod... where all wear computers in their eyes used for everything from communicating to traveling to tasting food. Oh yes, Aria is nice and safe inside the Pod, until one day she takes a risk that doesn't pay off and is cast out of the pod. Outside the Pod... where the very air could kill her. Outside the Pod... where cannibals roam and violent storms destroy all in sight without warning. Outside the Pod... where life consists of danger and risk. Outside the Pod... where one handsome hunter is seeking answers of his own. Outside the Pod... where love can truly be found. Outside the Pod... where the carefully hidden secrets of the Pod begin to unravel. Outside the Pod... where life can truly begin.

Under the never Sky is a bit confusing in the beginning and thus somewhat difficult to get into. But this book eventually grabs the reader and refuses to let go. Aria instantly becomes likable and easy to relate to. She is strong yet vulnerable. The story is full of mystery, action, and a budding romance. What's not to like? Furthermore the title leaves you longing for more. Good thing this is just the first in a trilogy.

My Rating: 4 stars The beginning of the book does not do this title justice, yet the last half is 5+ stars. Truly my favorite dystopian young adult novel since The Hunger Games.

Sensitive readers: There is one love scene, though not detailed it does elude to a sexual encounter.

To Sum it up: Fans of dystopian fiction you must pick this one it up. It will not disappoint!

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